Human Traffic Watch

Knowledge of Age Need Not Be Proved in Child Sex-Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

On Friday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the conviction of a child sex-trafficker on the ground that the government had failed to prove that he was aware of the trafficked girl being underage.

Devon Robinson’s arguments were rejected by the federal appeals court which found that the prosecutors had no obligation to prove that the defendant in a child sex-trafficking case knew of the age of the victim or not, provided the defendant had “reasonable opportunity” to observe the victim.

The dispute could arise, because the victim, a 17-year-old girl, had testified at Robinson’s trial in 2010 that Robinson was her boyfriend and not her pimp, and that she had told “everybody” at the time that she was 19 years of age.

Source: JD Journal

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